Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics. “I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood. Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what […]

Home invasion suspect sentenced to 41 years

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A Portales man who chose to represent himself amid allegations he beat an 82-year-old woman while burglarizing her home has been convicted and sentenced to 41 years in prison. A Roosevelt County jury convicted Preston Blake of aggravated burglary and other charges on Friday. Blake, 27, is the third […]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — […]

List of area graduations

The following are graduation dates and times for area schools: High school Curry County • Clovis High School

America hardly ‘land of the free’

Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We have […]

Chestnut’s value gone unnoticed

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist There is a new book out on Horse lameness. The author is my good friend and a fine equine veterinarian, meaning: 1) He can tell a $50 horse from a $5,000 horse over the phone; 2) He has never picked up a shoeing hammer; 3) He drives a silver Porche […]

Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, […]

Portales man facing felony drug charges

A Portales man faces a felony charge of intent to traffic methamphetamine, according to a Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office news release. Javier Prado, 33, of Portales was arrested on May 9 after a search warrant was executed at 792 Roosevelt Rd. S 1/2. Officers reported they found a .45-caliber handgun, digital scales and plastic bags […]

Quality of life important to residents

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Joe Ollie Castleman knew how to play along when Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales decided to spice up things during National Nursing Home Week. There was “Western Day” and “Gilligan’s Island Day” among others, and Castleman, 90, was a sport the whole way through. For entertainment in normal […]

God can offer us new management

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Does discouragement hang around your door? Are you tempted to throw in the towel? Whenever I see a sign “Under New Management,” I think of new life under spiritual “New Management.” To me, new management implies something new and different. I heard a friend tell a story about two men. […]

AARP offering senior driver program

PNT Staff Report A four-hour senior citizens driver safety program is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Community Service Center.

Portales man requests self-representation at trial

PNT Staff Report A man accused of breaking into a Portales home and beating an 82-year-old woman has asked to represent himself at trial. Preston Blake, 25, faces more than 18 years in prison in connection with a 2008 residential burglary at the home of Jo Ann Vickers. At the beginning of testimony on Wednesday, […]

Obama urges Congress to act on credit card bill in N.M. stop

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to quickly send him legislation ending abusive credit card practices. But his populist appeal also included a stern warning to shoppers whose eyes are bigger than their budgets. “There’s no doubt that people need to accept responsibility,” Obama said […]

Portales’ Chrysler dealer spared

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Portales’ Chrysler dealer will remain open, but Clovis’ Brewer Jeep is one of 789 Chrysler dealerships nationwide targeted for closure by the soon-to-be bankrupt corporation. Don Brewer said his dealership will remain open as Brewer Mitsubishi. And he is looking into some other foreign products to bring online. Meanwhile, […]

Business feature: Golf game leads to shop purchase

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer In August 2006, Joann Rackler bought Do Drop In. She opened the doors one month later. Rackler buys her produce from area stores. She said she’s always wanted to have a restaurant. Her story: Rackler’s husband was playing in a golf tournament with one of the former owners of […]

Hospital board briefed on swine flu preparations

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board heard about receiving medicine to treat the H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu and Influenza A, during their regular meeting on Wednesday. Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino said state health officials told him they’re sending a supply of medicine to treat people who […]

Swine flu confirmed in Curry County

The New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday it has confirmed a case of H1N1 virus in a 4-year-old Curry County girl. Todd Sandman, public relations director for Plains Regional Medical Center’s parent company, said the child was seen on May 4 at the Clovis hospital’s walk-in clinic. The clinic staff treated the symptoms and […]

Abandoned building burns

By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer An abandoned building on East Brazos in Portales caught fire late Tuesday night. Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said Wednesday afternoon the damage was so extensive investigators weren’t cleared to walk through the structure and could not determine the cause of the fire. “When the guys got out there, […]

MVD looking online for better customer service

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By Argen Duncan: PNT staff writer Long waits and frustrating automated call systems with the state Motor Vehicle Division could be on their way out, according to the state official overseeing the division. Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department Rick Homans was in Portales on Wednesday to explain plans to put many MVD functions […]